Jacob Julius Garfinkle, popularly known as John Garfield was an American actor, best known for playing rebels and antiheroes on the big screen. After his mother’s premature death in his childhood, he was raised by his father and poor relatives. As a result of his involvement in street gangs and number of street brawls, he was sent to a reform school during his teen years, where he was introduced to boxing and drama. Later, he won a scholarship to a drama school. Eventually, he joined the Civic Repertory Theatre, changed his name to Jules Garfield and made his Broadway debut in that company's ‘Counsellor-at-Law’. As part of the Group Theatre Company, he was applauded for his role in ‘Awake and Sing’. Annoyed about being refused the lead role in ‘Golden Boy’, he signed a contract with Warner Brothers, who changed his name to John Garfield. In time, he got an immense appreciation for his performance, especially for the sceptical character, Mickey Borden in ‘Four Daughters’ (1938) and appeared in similar roles throughout his career. He was active in liberal politics and was caught up in the Communist scare of the 1940s, resulting in blacklisting and inadequate work. This took a toll on his health and he died at the young age of 39 from a heart attack.